Financial Support for 19+
Students can apply for support from College Bursary funds*, applications will be assessed individually and support awarded based on financial need. Available support includes:
- Course – related costs, including trips, books and equipment, domestic emergencies and emergency accommodation
- Transport costs
- Childcare costs
- Exam fees
- Accreditation fees, professional membership fees and any fees or charges due to external bodies
- Registration fees
*subject to conditions, fund availability and evidence being provided
For some of our courses fee remission may be available if:
- You are aged 19 – 23 and studying your first full Level 2 or first full Level 3 qualification
- You are unemployed, looking to complete a course to gain employment and in receipt of means-tested benefits such as:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group)
- Universal Credit
- Another state benefit (conditions apply)
Please see our course guide for eligible courses.
Evidence of income will be required for enrolment – please contact Student Services for more information.
Advanced Learner Loan
If you are 19 years old or above, you can now apply for a Advanced Learner Loan to help fund your qualifications or training. There is nothing to pay up front and if you’re not earning over £25k, you won’t pay anything back either.
To qualify you’ll need to be:
- aged 19 and over on the first day of the course
- a resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course
- enrolling on a course at Level 3 and above, such as: A Levels, Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates, Advanced Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships
The loans are not means tested or credit checked – and any individual who meets the criteria will be able to apply for a loan whether they are employed or unemployed. The loan will then be paid directly to the College on your behalf.
Find out more at www.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans
If you’re studying a PGCE or a HNC/D qualification, you may be able to access a HE Loan to help towards your course costs. To find out more, please visit www.slc.co.uk
If you’re studying GCSE English and Mathematics qualifications, you may not have to pay tuition fees (provided you don’t already hold these qualifications at A* – C).
If you have an equivalent level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy you may still be funded for the GCSE.
Other useful links
Qualifications and careers information: www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or helpline: 0800 100 900
We advise that you seek independent advice when applying for a loan or credit. Impartial money advice can be obtained from the Money Advice Service: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk